Chelsea moved a step closer to their goal of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages with a 3-0 win over Schalke 04 to see them go three points clear at the top of Group E. The home side were on the back foot early on in the match and survived a few scares before Samuel Eto’o reminded the world why he has such an enviable goalscoring record.
The veteran striker was lurking around the edge of the box as Timo Hildebrand waited to boot the ball up the pitch. As soon as the keeper had nudged the ball away from himself Eto’o pounced, taking a deft touch to guide it into the back of the net.
Petr Cech saved well to keep the Blues ahead before halftime, and Chelsea settled into their rhythm in the second half. Another goal from Eto’o after some good work by Willian sealed the win, with Demba Ba netting the third in the final 10 minutes.
The defending Europa League champions have virtually guaranteed that they will avoid dropping into Europe’s second-tier competition as a win away at FC Basel will see them through. Here are six things we learned from a comfortable home win.